Idaho Department of Correction streamlines operations

BOISE, December 3, 2010 - The Idaho Department of Correction has reduced the size of its executive leadership team and restructured its operations in preparation for significant budget shortfalls in the year to come.

“This department has never been more efficient,” said IDOC Director Brent Reinke. “But what works today won’t work tomorrow, and we simply must reset the organization and right-size it for the harsh budget realities that are heading our way.”

As of December 3, 2010, the four divisions that comprised IDOC have been merged into two--the Operations Division and the Management Services Division.

The Operations Division, led by Chief Kevin Kempf, will be made up of what were the Prisons Division, the Community Corrections Division, and the Education and Treatment Division. The Management Services Division, led by Chief Tony Meatte  will continue in its current role while assuming the duties of IDOC’s Human Resource Services. Management Services current role includes information technology, fiscal services, construction, contract monitoring and contract administration.

In addition to the new, streamlined organizational structure, IDOC is launching new initiatives to cut its costs even further. Management Services has been charged with finding more ways to centralize purchasing. The Operations Division has been charged with finding more ways to help offenders successfully transition from prison back to their communities. In doing so, IDOC hopes to even further reduce the growth in the size of the inmate population.

Idaho already has one of the lowest rates of recidivism in the nation and has emerged as a national leader in the implementation of innovative, evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs. In addition, IDOC has managed to put the brakes on the explosive growth of the state’s prison population. Last year for the first time ever the population actually went down.

“We’ve been doing well, but circumstances demand that we do even better,” Reinke said. “This department must be as lean as possible on top so that we can preserve as many resources as we can in our prisons and in our communities.”

Story published: 12/03/2010
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